Telemedicine Although you might have already seen it in “Weekly Report,” we are thrilled to share with you that our telemedicine bill passed the House last week and is on... Read More >>

CMS Publishes Approach to Limit Disruption to Physician Payments

The temporary patch to the federal “Sustainable Growth Rate” formula expired March 31, creating a 21 percent reduction to Medicare physician payments. A bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives,... Read More >>

Telemedicine passes both Houses: Huge win for patients

Legislation makes it easier to bring specialists face-to-face with patients April 9, 2015, SEATTLE, Wash. — On Wednesday, the House overwhelmingly passed SB 5175, the telemedicine bill. Once signed into... Read More >>

Action Needed: H.R. 2 – Please Contact Your Federal Congressional Delegation

To: CEOs and Government Affairs Representatives From:  Cassie Sauer, Senior Vice President; Chelene Whiteaker, Policy Director; John Flink, OAHHS-WSHA Federal Lobbyist Action Needed:  Based on an impending vote early next... Read More >>

Weekly Report for April 9, 2015 – Telemedicine Success

Great news to report from Olympia—the telemedicine bill passed both houses! Telemedicine was last year’s big heartbreak. The bill passed a unanimous House and had great hearings in the Senate.... Read More >>

Senate Budget Proposal on Hospital Safety Net Assessment Program

Senate Budget Proposal on Hospital Safety Net Assessment Program   WSHA is still working to clarify the Senate proposal for the hospital safety net program, but it’s becoming clear that... Read More >>

Weekly Report for April 23, 2015 – The Return of Whooping Cough

We received a letter last week from Dr. Scott Lindquist, MD, MPH, who is our state’s Epidemiologist for Communicable Diseases. He shared this bad news about the rise of pertussis,... Read More >>

Update to Safety Net Assessment Program Accounting Recommendations

This memorandum is intended to update guidance to hospitals concerning financial reporting of hospital safety net assessment program-related expenses and payments. This update provides information on a recent Center for Medicare & Medicaid Service’s (CMS’s) approval of the Medicaid managed care contracts for the period ending December 31, 2013. ... Read More >>

Weekly Report for April 2, 2015 – Budget Battles

We have now seen two very different state budgets—the House released its proposed budget on Friday, and the Senate released theirs on Tuesday. Immediately after the documents were posted online,... Read More >>

Senate Budget: Hospital Safety Net Assessment Program Problematic; Concerns About Mental Health Fund

The Washington State Senate released its budget proposal today. One of the biggest pieces of news out of the Senate budget is the treatment of Hospital Safety Net Assessment funds.... Read More >>

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